Who's Watching Your Back?

What exactly is the problem?

Key Facts:

  1. The latest estimate of the direct costs of absence from work amounted to £14bn across the economy in 2012.
  2. The cost to the UK economy of absence from work due to musculo-skeletal issues is estimated to be 1%-2% of GNP.
  3. 131 million days were lost due to sickness absence in the UK in 2013, this is down on the figure of 178 million back in 1993, (on average 4.4 days per UK worker). Almost 31 million of these were attributable to back or neck pain.
  4. In 2015 research has shown that seven in ten people have suffered recurring neck or back twinges for more than a decade, with the pain forcing one in three to take time off work.
  5. The average total cost for each absent employee in 2012 was a staggering £975.00, while the median was lower at £622.00
  6. Absence costs tend to rise in accordance with the scale of an organisation, with a cost per absent employee of £533 in SME’s compared to £650 in larger blue-chips or Government bodies.
  7. Nearly a third (30%) of all working time lost to employee absence is attributed to long term conditions.
  8. Minor illnesses are the most common cause of short term absence, but back pain and musculo-skeletal disorders were the most common reason given for sickness over any other cause.
 
Reason given for sickness Total Days lost by reason    
  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
 

Musculoskeletal problems3

         

Minor illnesses

         

Other4,5

         

Stress, depression, anxiety

         

Gastrointestinal problems

         

Respiratory conditions

         

Eye/ear/nose/mouth/dental problems

         

Heart, blood pressure, circulation problems

         

Genito-urinary problems

         

Headaches and migraines

         

Serious mental health problems

         
           

Prefers not to give details

         

Totals

         
Source: Labour Force Survey person datasets

Who's Watching Your Back?

What exactly is the problem?

Key Facts:

  1. The latest estimate of the direct costs of absence from work amounted to £14bn across the economy in 2012.
  2. The cost to the UK economy of absence from work due to musculo-skeletal issues is estimated to be 1%-2% of GNP.
  3. 131 million days were lost due to sickness absence in the UK in 2013, this is down on the figure of 178 million back in 1993, (on average 4.4 days per UK worker). Almost 31 million of these were attributable to back or neck pain.
  4. In 2015 research has shown that seven in ten people have suffered recurring neck or back twinges for more than a decade, with the pain forcing one in three to take time off work.
  5. The average total cost for each absent employee in 2012 was a staggering £975.00, while the median was lower at £622.00
  6. Absence costs tend to rise in accordance with the scale of an organisation, with a cost per absent employee of £533 in SME’s compared to £650 in larger blue-chips or Government bodies.
  7. Nearly a third (30%) of all working time lost to employee absence is attributed to long term conditions.
  8. Minor illnesses are the most common cause of short term absence, but back pain and musculo-skeletal disorders were the most common reason given for sickness over any other cause.
 
Reason given for sickness Total Days lost by reason    
  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
 

Musculoskeletal problems3

         

Minor illnesses

         

Other4,5

         

Stress, depression, anxiety

         

Gastrointestinal problems

         

Respiratory conditions

         

Eye/ear/nose/mouth/dental problems

         

Heart, blood pressure, circulation problems

         

Genito-urinary problems

         

Headaches and migraines

         

Serious mental health problems

         
           

Prefers not to give details

         

Totals

         
Source: Labour Force Survey person datasets